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Nine states charging hard against abortion

Numerous governors are promoting new limits on abortion – or have already signed legislation. Here’s a rundown:

- Staff writer, Megan HaggertyContributor

2. Ohio: Gov. John Kasich signs budget with significant abortion restrictions

On June 30, Governor Kasich (R) signed into law new restrictions on abortion. They include:

• A requirement that abortion clinics have a transfer agreement with a local hospital, but public hospitals are off limits. Many private hospitals have a religious affiliation and do not permit abortions.

• External ultrasound before an abortion is performed. If a fetal heartbeat is found, the doctor must inform the woman and provide information on family planning and adoption services. The doctor must also describe the physical characteristics of the fetus.

• Redefinition of fetus as “developing from the moment of conception,” rather than its implantation in the uterus.

• A requirement that the doctor tell the woman the likelihood that the fetus would survive to full term.

• Effective cutoff of $1.4 million in federal funds to Planned Parenthood by setting new priorities for which clinics can receive money.

• Funding for “crisis pregnancy centers,” which steer women away from abortion.


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